A bit icy this morning here in Central NC. Hand full of tools and shotgun parts, stepped out on the deck and promptly fell down the stairs.....threw the tools, saved the shotgun. Fortunately, landed on my head and left shoulder so no damage done.
While I wait for my arm and head to bruise up a bit and for the 330 call to the hunting stand to come around....I figgered I'd start rust bluing this old Remmy. Covered in tool marks and slated for hard duty I decided on rust blue as a fitting tuff finish. 100g on a jitterbug sander cleans it up and leaves a muted pattern that will disappear in the oxides leaving a satin dark grey black finish that is somewhat more durable than hot tank blue. And, it'll help hide many of the finer tool marks that Ma Remmy leaves in all her base line products these days. Polish them out if you like but not for rust blue. It doesn't lend itself to the mirror black finish of hot oxide bluing.
If you've never seen the slow rust blue process, follow along and don't worry. Though the gun will look like it was destroyed in a Guatemalan humidity forest, it'll turn out fine.
Here, the bare steel stripped clean and after a wipe down with vinegar water it'll get its first coating of Pilkingtons Slow Rust Bluing Solution. Into the damp box at 80% humidity and about 80+ degrees (maintained by a small crock pot full of water) it'll sit for an hour to develop the first blume of red rust. After an hour it gets a second wipe down with pilkingtons to even up the initial rust and sits for 2 more. Then comes the first of 3 to 6 cycles of rust, boil, card until the finish is even dark grey black. Final treatment will be a wipe down with good motor oil and then either gun oil on hot steel. (If GoodWife ain't around, the parts go in the oven to warm up to ouch temperature and then the oil gets slathered on. Otherwise, I gotta slow boat it and use the heat gun to warm the parts for final oiling.)
With luck, I'll rust it three times today with two boils and then 2 to 3 more rust/boil cycles tomorrow. If all go's well, tomorrow night will see the parts resting in oil for assembly Sunday evening or Monday evening. So....I think this project will be done before Christmas.
However, if I shoot a deer tonight and/or tomorrow in the back yard, all bets on finishing schedule are off.....In any event, I want to have this one resting in oil no later than Wednesday since Thursday night I take Babiest Granddaughter over to T&M Hunting Properties for a Friday all day sit as we continue our joint quest for Deer this season. Everybody in the family has connected except for my two granddaughters. Time for them to make some noise and get elbow deep in the gut pile.